Freshly out on DVD is "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" and as I prepared to watch it I did not know what to expect. I had read the reviews when it opened in movie houses and they were not too good but I must say that Adam Sander is a magician of a comic. The story is simple enough. Two Brooklyn firefighters who have been friends for what seems like forever want to make sure that their jobs are secure. Larry (Kevin James) is a single father trying to raise two kids by himself and Chuck Levine (Adam Sandler) is a playboy who finds a new girl every night. Larry tries to change his beneficiary to his children since his late wife now ineligible but he finds that it is a long drawn-out process. He wants to make sure that his kids are provided for because he knows his job is dangerous. He manages to find a loophole in the process and thereby asks Chuck to become his domestic partner. It is up to their attorney (Jessica Biel) who believes they are gay to save them from criminal prosecution (their relationship is questioned). They have kept their relationship a secret but it eventually sees the light of day and everyone they knows starts treating them differently. The see, firsthand, the discrimination that gay people face. I have not laughed this much in a long time. What starts out as lame humor turns into a heart warming comedy dealing with issues of friendship and love. Adam Sandler has always been good with gay jokes and he surpasses himself in this movie. Sure the movie is loaded with stereotypes and some of the jokes are old and the plot is predictable but it is still very funny. Politically correct it is not, funny it is. Jessica Biel actually owns this film. Some of the best lines belong to her. She is the surprise of the film. Quite honestly, I was not at all sure I wanted to see this movie but looking back, I am sure glad I did.
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY I am a huge Kevin James fan and when I found out about this movie I was extremely excited, come on Adam Sandler is in it to. A lot people don't seem to like the Happy Madison films for one reason or another but I have enjoyed all of them, especially any one with Kevin James and Steve Buscemi. Those two right there are two of my favorite actors of all time, Buscemi is absolutely an amazing actor and James … more
This movie falls far short of Sandler's recent film Click in both comedy and overall story. Some parts were actually so ridiculous that I felt myself cringing. Several of the actors seem miscast (Steve Busemi as an attorney attacking Sandler and James as being insurance frauds and Dan Ackroyd as the Fire Captain). Rob Schneider looked ridiculous as a minister marrying them. Sandler's relationship with Jennifer Biels fall far short of Matthew Perry's relationship … more
This absolutely hilarious comedy hit all the right notes with me. The soundtrack in particular would be any wedding singer's dream request line-up, and the actors are pitch perfect, obviously having had a lot of fun making the movie. In brief, Larry (Kevin James) is a widower with two kids (both of whom will remind you of Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine) who tries to short circuit the process of getting his insurance policy changed. Larry is a firefighter, and is … more
I will begin this review by correcting two mistakes in Amazon's product description. First, this movie is rated PG-13, not rated R. Second, the movie is just under 2 hours in length, not 1 hr and 16 minutes as stated on Amazon. Now to the movie itself. First of, this is Adam Sandler's first movie where his character is Jewish, as the actor is in real life. As such, there are the occasional Jewish humor that anyone can appreciate. Second, as a movie about two men pretending … more
This movie falls far short of Sandler's recent film Click in both comedy and overall story. Some parts were actually so ridiculous that I felt myself cringing. Several of the actors seem miscast (Steve Busemi as an attorney attacking Sandler and James as being insurance frauds and Dan Ackroyd as the Fire Captain). Rob Schneider looked ridiculous as a minister marrying them. Sandler's relationship with Jennifer Biels fall far short of Matthew Perry's relationship with Neve … more
It's crude and sometimes awkward, but there's a gleefully subversive movie lurking insideI Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. By virtue of a tooth-grinding contrivance, two manly Manhattan firefighters, Adam Sandler and Kevin James, must move in together and pretend to be gay; after seeing life from the other side, they learn something about tolerance. Sandler is the obnoxious, aggressively offensive womanizer, while James plays a widowed dad worried about his effeminate son. Nothing is too surprising about the way this works out, except for the film's unabashedly gay-rights fervor. It's one thing for a sensitive art-house movie to preach to the choir, and quite another for Sandler to speak to his multiplex audience on how uncool it is to use a homophobic slur. Ham-handedly directed and almost proudly sloppy,Chuck & Larrywins points for remaining defiantly rude; a nicer movie wouldn't have been as effective. There's a hilarious supporting performance by Ving Rhames, and Jessica Biel brings her Kim Novak-style glamour to a truly unbelievable character. Rob Schneider and Richard Chamberlain (two names not generally brought together) are amusing in small roles.--Robert Horton